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Fintech: M&A In the Fintech Space Will Heat Up

One of the clear winners, if there is such a thing of the current economic situation, will be fintech companies. And we can expect to see a wave of fintech M&A as a result. There was already a trend towards digital platforms in the financial services industry. Now it’s just accelerating. Even those who prefer a hands-on face-to-face meeting on financial matters are turning to online platforms. They have to do so. Many banks are only offering drive-through services. This means more complex transactions are moving online. Why Fintech M&A Will Heat Up The shift to increased digital use in financial services will also accelerate the fight between incumbent banks, brokerages, and insurance companies to capture market share in a new digital marketplace. Underfunded startups will struggle. They lack the ability to spend billions of dollars a year like their larger financial counterparts. The smaller firms will also need to find funding sources to survive until economic activity begins to normalize. Fintech companies also have to be very careful about execution risk right now. Consider Robinhood, the online brokerage firm. Their system failed as markets became disrupted by the spread of the coronavirus virus in the United States. The future…

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Saudi Arabian Venture Shop Aims for a Second $500 Million Fund
October 16, 2019

A Saudi Arabian venture capital firm is looking to raise money for a second $500 million fund. STV, which backed Careem Networks, is exploring options for its second fund.  

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A “Shocking” End to Neil Woodford’s Flagship Fund
October 16, 2019

Neil Woodford is out as manager of the fund he founded. And now, the fund will shut down. Fund administrators closed the fund and said it was not in the…

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Liquid Alternatives: The Waypoint All Weather Liquid Alternative Mutual Fund
October 16, 2019

Toronto-based Waypoint Investment Partners launch their first liquid alternative mutual fund. The Waypoint All Weather Alternative Fund is a defensively-oriented mutual fund. It combines a portfolio of capital distributors and…

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Bitcoin ETFs and SEC: ‘Last Man Standing’ Wilshire Phoenix Amends Bitcoin Filing
October 16, 2019

The Wilshire Phoenix Bitcoin ETF has amended its Bitcoin ETF Filing with the SEC. The SEC has invited public comments on the bitcoin exchange-traded fund proposal filed by Wilshire Phoenix…

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Private Equity Giant Thoma Bravo Eyes $15 Billion Fund in 2020
October 16, 2019

Thoma Bravo, the Chicago-based, software-focused private equity shop, is considering a megafund. Bloomberg reports the PE firm wants to establish a $15 billion megafund in early 2020.

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LGT Capital Partners Announces Close of $1 Billion Asian Fund
October 16, 2019

LGT Capital Partners announced the successful raise of $1 billion. The Swiss alternatives manager will allocate the capital to its fourth private equity fund in the Asia-Pacific region.

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Peter Thiel and Others Pony Up $50M for Wind and Solar Powered Crypto Mining in Texas
October 16, 2019

Layer1 is building a chips-to-substation crypto mining facility in Texas that will run on renewable energy. Never mind that crypto mining is best undertaken in cool climes – Iceland, for…

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Is a WeWork Bailout on Tap?
October 16, 2019

A WeWork bailout could be coming from JPMorgan or Softbank. Two weeks after the office-sharing giant pulled its IPO, its cash position has deteriorated. CNBC reports that the two banks…

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Revolut Swings for the Fences; Plots $1.5B Fundraise
October 15, 2019

Revolut, the European challenger bank, prized fintech, and uber-hot unicorn, wants $1.5 billion. Revolut’s fundraise, if successful, would achieve two momentous feats: A company valuation of $5 – $10 billion,…

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Melvin: Are Community Banks an Alternative Investment?
October 15, 2019

Are community banks alternative investments? That question requires a deeper understanding of liquidity, structure, and broader market correlation. Before we start, it’s worth noting that the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst…

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